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He who controls the data plan has the teen’s world in his hands

As our college boys conclude their perpetual Christmas break (What's it been? Two months?), I offer 10 sure things with college kids and their phones.

January 20, 2012 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Healthy living more than a pledge

"I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world." 4-H members across the nation repeat this pledge at the beginning of every meeting. The overall goal in 4-H is to "Make the Best Better." There are many activities and events that help our youth accomplish these goals.

January 20, 2012 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Active Aging Workshop registration is open

I hope your year is off to a great start. In my New Years' Day column I invited you to develop an action plan for healthy living. If healthy eating and increasing physical activity is part of your action plan I have another suggestion. Consider signing up for the "Active Aging" workshop set to begin soon.

January 15, 2012 | | Local Life


It´s a New Year

Berny Unruh

January 08, 2012 | | Local Life


RSVP column

RSVP wants to thank all of Santa's helpers that made lap robes for residents of the Barton County assisted living and nursing facilities during the past year. RSVP delivered 84 lap robes to three nursing facilities and four assisted living facilities for residents in need during the holiday season. This is more than we have ever delivered and it is all because of generous gifts of time and talent by a group of dedicated volunteers. You know who you are. Thank you so much!

January 08, 2012 | | Local Life


New traditions, joyful and triumphant

There comes a time when your Christmas traditions need updating. Especially those revolving around toddlers believing a portly man draped in red polyester will enter your home while everyone sleeps. In our Leawood household, that time arrived a long time ago -seemingly when Nixon was President.

January 06, 2012 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Ask an Attorney

The advice of a good attorney can be expensive but an attorney's knowledge can be priceless. Do you have a question about a legal matter? Go to NewspaperAttorney.com and ask a licensed Kansas attorney your question free of charge. Your question may just end up getting answered in the newspaper! Remember the Law Office of Brandan Davies LLC does not represent you in any matter until a formal representation agreement has been executed. The following information is not legal advice it is for entertainment purposes only. If you have a legal question please consult an attorney.

January 01, 2012 | | Local Life


Replace Resolution with Action Plan this year

It isn't often that my New Year's column actually runs on the 1st, so I will take advantage of the opportunity to share a thought or two about plans for the New Year. No doubt you have been thinking about something you would like to resolve to do in the coming year. Many times resolutions focus on things like weight loss, getting out of debt, or breaking a bad habit. Research shows that success in achieving these resolutions is often low. In fact, studies show that after six months, fewer than half the people who make New Year ...

January 01, 2012 | | Local Life


Merry Christmas from the extension staff

Each year at this time we like to reflect on the positive things that are happening at Barton County Extension. It is easy to get caught up in the media reports about the economic downturn, threats of terrorism, or chronic health issues that are plaguing our country. What can be done to change this negative news into positive thoughts? Read on for my advice.

December 23, 2011 | | Local Life


Senior Center holiday closings

The Senior Center will be closed and there will be no transportation or friendship meals on Dec. 23, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.

December 18, 2011 | | Local Life


Aleta Ehrlich receives Extension Appreciation Award

Each year, the Extension Executive Board selects a supporter of the Extension programs to receive the Extension Appreciation Award. The 2011 award was presented recently to Aleta Ehrlich, Great Bend.

December 17, 2011 | | Local Life


Moving doesn’t cancel probation

The advice of a good attorney can be expensive but an attorney's knowledge can be priceless. Do you have a question about a legal matter? Go to NewspaperAttorney.com and ask a licensed Kansas attorney your question free of charge. Your question may just end up getting answered in the newspaper! Remember the Law Office of Brandan Davies LLC does not represent you in any matter until a formal representation agreement has been executed. The following information is not legal advice: it is for entertainment purposes only. If you have a legal question please consult an attorney.

December 17, 2011 | BY BRANDAN DAVIES | Local Life


Columnist presents wish list

Dear Santa –

December 17, 2011 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Tips to Trim Heating Bills

No doubt with the frigid temperatures we are experiencing you are giving your furnace a workout this week. There are many ideas floating around about how to best save energy. Bruce Snead, our director of engineering extension at Kansas State University shared some tips in a recent article that I will pass along today.

December 11, 2011 | | Local Life


A Season of Blessings

For four years, I have proudly served on the Executive Board of K-State Research and Extension in and for Barton County. Until I became involved in this capacity, I was naïve and really had no idea how many people, young and not so young, were reached by the programming shared by our local Agents. I honestly had never given it a thought Of course, I had heard of 4-H as have most. I believed it was just for farm kids with calves and goats. Was I ever misinformed!

December 11, 2011 | | Local Life


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Grow Your Best Tomato Yet

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care.

May 17, 2015 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


Responding to Invitations is Common Courtesy

With graduations, weddings and other special occasions upon us I am guessing you have received a few invitations in your mailbox asking for your RSVP. The term RSVP comes from a French expression, meaning "please respond". If RSVP is written on an invitation it means the invited guest must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party. It does not mean to respond only if you're coming, and it does not mean respond only if you're not coming (the expression "regrets only" is reserved for that instance). It means the host needs a definite ...

May 17, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


College: the years of living dangerously

Today our son Robert is graduating from KU. We are celebrating. Not his graduation with a job, but something else: He's still living.

May 17, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Plan for a safe canning season

One ritual of spring is planting a garden. And for many home gardeners, this includes plans for preserving and canning the year's bounteous produce.

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Celebrate Bike to Work Week

Since May 11-15, is designated as "Bike to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space today. Although research shows around 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. If I ride to work in the morning, home for lunch and home again at the end of the day I will log a total of 7 miles. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see me in my hi-vis green jacket ...

May 10, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cinco de Mayo committee

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Ode to Ramona Jean and her baby grand piano

There was a time in this country when every home included three things: green shag carpet, an RCA record player and an ashtray. In the late '60s you could add something else to that list: an upright piano.

May 10, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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